Monarchs out roar Bears, usurp Emperors

Winning is not getting old for the Exeter Monarchs as they swept the Dinuba Emperors (9-16) at home. They took their broom on the road, as well, when they swept the Selma Bears (8-14) on their home court later in the week.

The Emperors visited the Monarchs court on Tuesday, Oct. 20 but were quickly turned away with a 3-0 loss. Exeter made the Emperors look like jesters after keeping it close in the early going of the first set. It was a dominant performance by the Monarchs as they lobbed the ball into the open holes of the Dinuba defense.

Valerie Vargas had an excellent game jousting the ball over the net and the ill prepared Emperor defenders. Exeter reeled off points in bunches, a theme that would carry on through the rest of the match. The Monarchs closed out the first set with an equally dominant 25-12 final.

The second set was a review of the first as the Monarchs continued to make points look easy. Dinuba had little recourse for the reigning Monarch’s offense as they had trouble returning some of Olivia Harden’s powerful spikes. By the set’s end Exeter walked away with a 25-11 second set win.

Dinuba scored fewer points than the first two sets as the Monarchs only let up 10 by the end of the third and final set. Exeter made quick work of the third set as they were up 22-7 before the Emperors raised their point total to 10.

Two days later on Thursday, Oct. 22 the Monarchs tackled the Bears on the road. The practice they had with Dinuba prepped them well for the matchup. Their closest set came in a 25-14 victory. The final two looked like an easy win as the Monarchs walked away with a 25-10 win in both sets.

Stat leaders for the game were Amanda Acosta with eight kills, three aces, five digs while Olivia Harden had 11 kills, two aces, seven digs. Madelyn Sweepe got in on the action with seven kills as Valerie Vargas had 10 aces, five digs, 10 assist. Kassi Stolz led the team with 12 assists on the night.

Exeter traveled to CVC to take on their CSL nemesis on Tuesday, Oct. 27. Exeter has not been able to even so much as a set against the Cavaliers in years and will be reviewed in next week’s edition of the Foothills Sun-Gazette.

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